Vulcan and District Historical Society

Vulcan and District Historical Society welcomes you to our site

The photo above shows our “nine-in-a-line” row of elevators. At one time Vulcan was known for the vast quantities of grain shipped from here. (see separate article) This row of elevators continues to be shown in artwork, although most of the elevators have disappeared or been replaced.

New Exterior

Vulcan and District Archives and Museum

The Archives and Museum are located on the main street of Vulcan in the same building. This building is composed of the former Alberta Government Telephones building which has been designated a historic site, the former Prospect Slope School, which is furnished as a classroom, a lobby featuring John Ware paintings and items of interest, plus over 2000 square feet of new display space plus a room for the Archives.

Museum ad 2016

Vulcan and District Museum-closed for the winter

Reopening on July 1, 2016 Reopening on July 1, 2016

The main emphasis of the museum is on agriculture, communications, medical history and education. A tribute to the John Ware family is in the foyer. Some of the new exhibit areas featured are Granny’s Kitchen, Nine-in-a-line grain elevator display, Grandpa’s Workshop, Musical High Notes, Military Pride and the Vulcan Advocate newspaper room.

Open: Tuesday to Friday July and August from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m.

Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

We are closed on Mondays.

Group tours may be arranged by calling 403-485-6336 or 403-485-6716-Museum 

Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are appreciated.


Vulcan and District Archives

Ready to research for you Ready to research for you

232 Centre Street, Vulcan, Alberta (Same building as museum. Come to the east door).

Open Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. year round, other times by appointment or when a volunteer is working onsite.

Phone/Fax: 403-485-2168


Research requests may be forwarded to

We have no set charge for research work. However donations to the Vulcan & District Historical Society are gratefully accepted.

The Archives has a collection of the local newspapers from 1912 to the present and local history books, family books, papers and photographs about the history of this area. Volunteers will answer your requests for information for you. (Sorry, we do not have the facilities for you to do your own research.)  To reach us, come through the front door of the museum and enter the new display area. We are immediately to your right.


We have Expanded!

new-exterior-ltIn November 2014 construction began on a 3080 sq. ft. addition to our museum. The space will be used for additional exhibit area and a new location for the Vulcan & District Archives.

Construction is now complete.

The Vulcan & District Archives moved to its new home in December 2015. Throughout the entire construction period, the archives remained open. The Vulcan & District Museum reopened its expanded premises on July 1 2016 and was open through July and August. The Archives continues to be open year-round.

The official opening for this addition, Phase 3, was held on October 15, 2016. A large crowd enjoyed viewing the new exhibits.

More Good News

The Vulcan and District Historical Society in conjunction with Vulcan Legion Branch No. 21 and the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation have raised funds to pay for twenty memorial prints for more of the fallen heroes from Vulcan County. We expect to receive the prints this fall and hope to have them on display before Remembrance Day.

Thank you to those who generously donated. We still have photos for a few more who do not yet have a memorial print and hope to be able to get those in the future.

Did you know

  • that headstone photos from Vulcan Cemetery can now be found on the Find a Grave website We were able to assist the researcher who did this by sharing information. We also helped with the information for the other cemeteries found in Vulcan County. She has put all of the headstone photos for them on the Find a Grave site as well.
  • that the local history books from Vulcan County communities can be found on the internet? Vulcan, Milo, Arrowwood, Mossleigh, Champion and Carmangay are at and Lomond and Eastway are at
  • that early newspapers for Champion and Lomond are found on the Peel’s Prairie Provinces site